We can’t be there in person to help and support you in a moment of crisis, but there are other options available to you if you can’t turn to someone you trust. By giving us your postcode (or one nearby to where you are right now) we can let you know about services in your area. Remember: this moment will pass; you won’t always feel the way you do right now.
If in doubt always call 999.
You can also sign up to Alumina, our online support for mental health and wellbeing here:
If you decide to give it a go, you’ll get emailed a link each week for an evening session (they usually run on different weekday evenings) and it will bring you into a kind of chat room. You’ll be able to see and hear the session leaders, but they won’t be able to see or hear you – you’ll interact by typing in the chat box.
The groups are made up of 2-6 young people at a time, with two session leaders, at least one of whom is a trained counsellor. They last somewhere between 45 minutes and an hour, but you can leave whenever you need to.
You can say as much or as little as you feel comfortable with; there is never any pressure to tell anyone about your mental health journey and never, ever, any judgement – we are here to offer a listening ear, support and a variety of practical ideas that you might find helpful in dealing with your emotions and caring for yourself.
Each session has a different topic – like control, or alternatives – and we’ll introduce some thoughts and ideas that might be helpful to you as you think about managing your feelings and experiences.
Alumina is about helping you with recovery. You might struggle to even believe recovery is possible or that you can cope without harming, or you might have made some progress on your own. Whatever stage you are in your journey we believe there is a way forward. And we’d like to help.
Alumina is a safe, non-judgemental space to reflect on how we got to this place. Why we need to harm ourselves in order to cope. And how a different future might be possible.